Member of Parliament for the Bawku Central, Mr Mahama Ayariga, has expressed his profound gratitude to the Special Prosecutor , Mr Kissi Agyebeng for dropping charges of tax evasion against him.
Speaking on his behalf after proceeding at an Accra High Court on October 11, his lawyer, Mr Godwin Edudzi Tamakloe said the decision took them by surprise.
According to him, Societe Generale, a bank at the center of the transaction had revealed, Mr Ayariga benefited from a car loan on which subsequent deductions had already begun.
“We need to thank the new Special Prosecutor for allowing reason and fairness to prevail,” he said.
He opined, Mr Agyebeng made the decision in “good conscience,”
“We are grateful to him and we are grateful to the court for what has happened today,” Mr Edudzi Tamakloe said.
Special Prosecutor Kissi Agyebeng drops charges against NDC’s Mahama Ayariga
The Special Prosecutor, Mr Kissi Agyebeng on Monday, October 11, dropped all charges against the National Democratic Congress(NDC) MP citing reasons the state was unable to prove beyond reasonable doubt, a crime against him.
He subsequently filed a nolle prosequi to discontinue the case.
“We wish to inform the court of the republic’s intention to enter Nolle prosequi in respect of all cases against the accused person,” he said.
Again he said “…..Upon further scrutiny, the Republic deem it unable to prove its case base on available evidence on the standard of proof on criminal bases – that is to prove beyond a reasonable doubt.”
“This case appears certain to suffer the same fate as the earlier one with case number FT0122019 the Republic vs Hawa Nichema and six others which were dismissed on May 7, 2021, on the application of submission of no case to answer,” Mr Agyebeng told the court.
Mr Ayariga was facing charges of abuse of office over three Toyota V8 vehicles purchased without honouring tax obligations.
In addition, he was facing charges for illegally transferring foreign exchange from Ghana to Dubai without necessary legal documentations.
The case was one of two brought against him by the former Special Prosecutor, Mr Martin Amidu.
In the other case, involving the purchase of an ambulance for the Bawku Municipal Assembly, Mr Ayariga and six others were acquitted and discharged in May this year.
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